Advertisement

Texas News

News > Texas News > Texas sees little change despite insurance gains

Texas sees little change despite insurance gains

HOUSTON (AP) — Local health systems across Texas are working to disqualify certain patients who remained enrolled in the taxpayer-funded medical programs instead of getting insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

The hospital districts say that because insurance premiums are more expensive, many people opted to rely on the cheaper public care programs and pay fines for lacking insurance.

Now health systems want to bar those who are eligible for subsidized insurance through the federal marketplace from local programs.

It costs hundreds of millions of dollars annually for local governments to care for the uninsured.

Harris Health System's chief financial officer Mike Norby says the number of uninsured they care for barely dropped in the first round of open enrollment even though they identified some 48,000 patients who were eligible for federal subsidies.

(Photo Credit: Composite/Houston Police Department) A reward has grown to $40,000 for information leading to the...
(Photo Credit: Killeen Police Department) A security guard working at a Subway sandwich store in Central Texas has...
(Photo Credit: Shutterstock) No one has been injured after someone in a vehicle driving by a Dallas police...
Photo courtesy of DPS AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw, Texas Public...
Photos courtesy of DPS AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is asking for the public’s help in...